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Google BigQuery vs Snowflake: What are the differences?

What is Google BigQuery? Analyze terabytes of data in seconds. Run super-fast, SQL-like queries against terabytes of data in seconds, using the processing power of Google's infrastructure Load data with ease. Bulk load your data using Google Cloud Storage or stream it in. Easy access. Access BigQuery by using a browser tool, a command-line tool, or by making calls to the BigQuery REST API with client libraries such as Java, PHP or Python..

What is Snowflake? The data warehouse built for the cloud. Snowflake eliminates the administration and management demands of traditional data warehouses and big data platforms. Snowflake is a true data warehouse as a service running on Amazon Web Services (AWS)—no infrastructure to manage and no knobs to turn.

Google BigQuery and Snowflake can be primarily classified as "Big Data as a Service" tools.

According to the StackShare community, Google BigQuery has a broader approval, being mentioned in 160 company stacks & 41 developers stacks; compared to Snowflake, which is listed in 29 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

Decisions about Google BigQuery and Snowflake
Julien Lafont

Cloud Data-warehouse is the centerpiece of modern Data platform. The choice of the most suitable solution is therefore fundamental.

Our benchmark was conducted over BigQuery and Snowflake. These solutions seem to match our goals but they have very different approaches.

BigQuery is notably the only 100% serverless cloud data-warehouse, which requires absolutely NO maintenance: no re-clustering, no compression, no index optimization, no storage management, no performance management. Snowflake requires to set up (paid) reclustering processes, to manage the performance allocated to each profile, etc. We can also mention Redshift, which we have eliminated because this technology requires even more ops operation.

BigQuery can therefore be set up with almost zero cost of human resources. Its on-demand pricing is particularly adapted to small workloads. 0 cost when the solution is not used, only pay for the query you're running. But quickly the use of slots (with monthly or per-minute commitment) will drastically reduce the cost of use. We've reduced by 10 the cost of our nightly batches by using flex slots.

Finally, a major advantage of BigQuery is its almost perfect integration with Google Cloud Platform services: Cloud functions, Dataflow, Data Studio, etc.

BigQuery is still evolving very quickly. The next milestone, BigQuery Omni, will allow to run queries over data stored in an external Cloud platform (Amazon S3 for example). It will be a major breakthrough in the history of cloud data-warehouses. Omni will compensate a weakness of BigQuery: transferring data in near real time from S3 to BQ is not easy today. It was even simpler to implement via Snowflake's Snowpipe solution.

We also plan to use the Machine Learning features built into BigQuery to accelerate our deployment of Data-Science-based projects. An opportunity only offered by the BigQuery solution

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Pros of Google BigQuery
Pros of Snowflake
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    High Performance
  • 24
    Easy to use
  • 21
    Fully managed service
  • 19
    Cheap Pricing
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    Process hundreds of GB in seconds
  • 11
    Full table scans in seconds, no indexes needed
  • 11
    Big Data
  • 8
    Always on, no per-hour costs
  • 5
    Good combination with fluentd
  • 4
    Machine learning
  • 4
    Public and Private Data Sharing
  • 3
    Good Performance
  • 3
    Multicloud
  • 2
    Great Documentation
  • 2
    User Friendly
  • 2
    Serverless
  • 1
    Innovative
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    Usage based billing
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    Economical

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Cons of Google BigQuery
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    You can't unit test changes in BQ data
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    What is Google BigQuery?

    Run super-fast, SQL-like queries against terabytes of data in seconds, using the processing power of Google's infrastructure. Load data with ease. Bulk load your data using Google Cloud Storage or stream it in. Easy access. Access BigQuery by using a browser tool, a command-line tool, or by making calls to the BigQuery REST API with client libraries such as Java, PHP or Python.

    What is Snowflake?

    Snowflake eliminates the administration and management demands of traditional data warehouses and big data platforms. Snowflake is a true data warehouse as a service running on Amazon Web Services (AWS)—no infrastructure to manage and no knobs to turn.

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